South Carolina residents in need of Social Security assistance have 17 Social Security offices to choose from in the state. This article will discuss some of the most commonly visited, where you can find them, and the services each one of them offers.
If you’re interested in obtaining Social Security benefits but are unfamiliar with the process and different nuances, a Social Security Disability lawyer with Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, can guide you.
Charleston Social Security Office
This office is located at:
1463 Tobias Gadson Blvd
Charleston, South Carolina 29407
It’s close to the intersection of Paul Cantrell Blvd and Highway 61. Get on Ashley River Road and take Exit 11a off I-526. Then, take a left onto Tobias Gadson Blvd at the first light. The Social Security office is the second building on the left.
The hours of operation are 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday, and they’re closed on the weekends, as well as national holidays. You can call them at 866-495-0111 to set up an appointment or send them a fax at 833-950-2229.
At the Charleston location, you can:
- Submit changes to your name and address
- Apply for and get an estimate of your retirement benefits
- Apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
- Apply for survivor benefits
- Set up direct deposit for receiving Social Security benefits
- Get a replacement for your Medicare card
According to Charleston-SC, Charleston is the largest city in the state, with a population of over 150,000 people. It’s known for its rich history, coastal location, melting pot of cultures, and fun nightlife.
Columbia Social Security Office
The address of the Columbia Social Security office is:
1835 Assembly St
Columbia, SC 29201
It’s on the 11th floor of the Strom Thurmond Federal Building on Assembly Street.
Schedule an appointment at this location by calling 866-964-7594. If you need to send a fax, dial 833-912-2288. They’re open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm and closed on the weekend.
At this location, you can get a copy of your proof of benefits, apply for various benefits (e.g., SSI, SSDI, retirement, death and funeral, and spousal and survivor), review your Social Security statement or earnings, and request a new Social Security card or replacement.
Columbia is the capital of South Carolina and home to over 137,000 as of 2021, according to the US Census. There are plenty of places to relax, explore, shop, and learn about.
Greenville Social Security Office
Just like with the two other aforementioned locations, the Greenville office is open from 9 am to 4 pm during the week and closed on the weekend. You can find it at:
319 Pelham Road
Greenville, South Carolina 29615
It’s in between Haywood Road and E North Street. When you go down Pelham Road toward E North Street, the office will be half a mile past Haywood Road on the right.
Call 877-274-5423 or 800-772-1213 to make an appointment or send a fax at 833-950-2231. This office has a lot of the same services the Charleston and Columbia locations offer.
The US Census states that the population of Greenville, SC, was just over 72,000 in 2021. Enjoy its downtown with a plethora of events, or head to the parks to explore the gorgeous green landscape. There are activities for the whole family to enjoy.
What All of These Social Security Offices Have in Common
When you come in for your appointment at a South Carolina Social Security office, no matter which one, make sure you bring the required documents. Depending on the reason for your visit, they may be:
- Your Social Security card
- Your birth certificate
- Your passport
- Proof of citizenship or residency
- Bank information
- Proof of income
- Proof of address
- Medical records
When you call for an appointment, ask the receptionist what you should bring, just to be sure. The lines at these offices can be pretty long. It would be a shame if you waited half an hour or even longer in some cases to find out you didn’t bring the correct documents—all to come back and do the same thing another time.
Other Social Security Office Locations
If you don’t want to go to the Greenville, Charleston, or Columbia offices, you don’t have to. South Carolina has 14 other locations in:
- Myrtle Beach
- Rock Hill
What Social Security Benefits Can You Receive?
Social Security Disability is an umbrella term that covers two programs:
- Social Security Disability Insurance
- Supplemental Security Income
The former is for those who have earned a certain number of work credits after paying Social Security, worked at least five years in the last ten years, have not worked in the last 12 months, or cannot work. The latter is for those of retirement age and have limited income and assets.
Based on your needs, you may qualify for both SSDI and SSI benefits.
How a Lawyer Can Help You Obtain These Social Security Benefits
If you need help obtaining the benefits you deserve, an attorney from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, is here for you. While you focus on yourself and your health, they can take care of different aspects of your case, such as:
- Request a Reconsideration, hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), a review before an Appeals Council and/or Federal Court
- Gather evidence
- Manage communication between you and the SSA
- Represent you throughout all SSA proceedings
- Speak to your doctors
They will be in touch with you throughout the claims process so you always know what’s going on.
Get Help With Your Social Security Benefits From Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC
If you live in South Carolina, you have options for obtaining benefits through various Social Security offices. Call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, for assistance.